What next for Donald Trump?

In a predictable move by the often unpredictable Donald Trump, the billionaire tycoon-turned-president said he will not go down without a fight after losing his re-election bid to Democrat Joe Biden.

Even as Mr Biden passed the 270 electoral college votes needed for victory in the US presidential race, Mr Trump declared the election was "far from over", and accused the former vice president of "falsely posing as the winner".

While refusing to concede and accept defeat, he continued to repeat unsubstantiated claims of fraudulent ballots and vowed to press ahead with legal action.

In his statement immediately following the news of Mr Biden's victory, Mr Trump said: "Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor."

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US Rep. Brenda Lawrence (C) hugs supporters as they celebrate the President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris at Michigan's 14th Congressional District office on November 8, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. - One of the most prominent Republicans in the US Congress on Sunday urged Donald Trump to "fight hard" and not concede his loss to Joe Biden in the race for the White House, saying unfounded allegations of fraud by the president must be investigated. Other Republicans sought to walk a finer line, saying legal challenges must be allowed to play out."We will work with Biden if he wins, but Trump has not lost," Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said on Fox News. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 08: A supporter of President Donald Trump (R) and a supporter of former Vice President Joe Biden (L) embrace at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as others celebrate on November 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. After waiting for remaining votes to be counted in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Nevada, major news networks in the Unite States projected Joe Biden the victor in the 2020 Presidential Election. Supporters of presidential candidate Joe Biden took to the streets to celebrate former Vice President Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 08: A supporter of President Donald Trump sits on a curb at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as others celebrate on November 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. After waiting for remaining votes to be counted in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Nevada, major news networks in the Unite States projected Joe Biden the victor in the 2020 Presidential Election. Supporters of presidential candidate Joe Biden took to the streets to celebrate former Vice President Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 08: Signs critical of President Donald Trump hang on the security fence that surrounds the White House November 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. More than 75 million ballots were cast for U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who defeated Trump in his bid to be re-elected. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 08: A woman signs an 'eviction notice' for President Donald Trump hanging on the security fence that surrounds the White House November 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. More than 75 million ballots were cast for U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who defeated Trump in his bid to be re-elected. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
People smash a Donald Trump pinata as they celebrate the President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris at Michigan's 14th Congressional District office on November 8, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. - One of the most prominent Republicans in the US Congress on Sunday urged Donald Trump to "fight hard" and not concede his loss to Joe Biden in the race for the White House, saying unfounded allegations of fraud by the president must be investigated. Other Republicans sought to walk a finer line, saying legal challenges must be allowed to play out."We will work with Biden if he wins, but Trump has not lost," Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said on Fox News. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
US President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7, 2020, after being declared the winner of the US presidential election. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - NOVEMBER 07: US President-elect Joe Bidenâs supporters gather to celebrate the victory in front of the White House in Washington, United States on November 07, 2020. (Photo by Mostafa Bassim Adly/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Thousands of New Yorkers gathered in Times Square shortly after new outlets called the presidential election for Joe Biden, Saturday, November 7, 2020. Times Square Election 2020 (Photo by John Meore/The Journal News/USA Today Network/Sipa USA)
PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 7, 2020: Trump supporters hug hours after Joe Biden was named president-elect during a pro-Trump rally to defy the election outside the Maricopa County elections building on November 7, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 07: Supporters of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have a party in front of the Casa Biden campaign office in the West Tampa neighborhood on November 7, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Supporters around the country are taking to the streets to celebrate after news outlets have declared Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden winner over President Donald Trump in the U.S. Presidential race. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 07: People celebrate Joe Biden's projected presidential win at Freedom Park on November 7, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Supporters around the country are taking to the streets to celebrate after news outlets have declared Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden winner over President Donald Trump in the U.S. Presidential race. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 07: Monica Narain (L) hugs her daughter Elaina while dancing along with supporters of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris during a party in front of the Casa Biden campaign office in the West Tampa neighborhood on November 7, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Supporters around the country are taking to the streets to celebrate after news outlets have declared Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden winner over President Donald Trump in the U.S. Presidential race. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - NOVEMBER 07: US President-elect Joe Bidenâs supporters gather to celebrate the victory around the White House in Washington, United States on November 07, 2020. (Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - NOVEMBER 07: US President-elect Joe Bidenâs supporters gather to celebrate the victory around the White House in Washington, United States on November 07, 2020. (Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
SALEM, OR - NOVEMBER 07: A supporter of President Trump yells at a member of the media during a Stop the Steal rally on November 7, 2020 in Salem, Oregon. Angry supporters of President Trump took to the streets across the country following reporting that President-elect Joe Biden had won the election. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
People celebrate at Times Square in New York after Joe Biden was declared winner of the 2020 presidential election on November 7, 2020. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/Afp/AFP via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 07: Supporters of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have a party in front of the Casa Biden campaign office in the West Tampa neighborhood on November 7, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Supporters around the country are taking to the streets to celebrate after news outlets have declared Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden winner over President Donald Trump in the U.S. Presidential race. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
People celebrate at Times Square in New York after Joe Biden was declared winner of the 2020 presidential election on November 7, 2020. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/Afp/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 07: Supporters of President Donald Trump demonstrate at a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally in front of the State Capitol on November 7, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. News outlets project that Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States after a victory in Pennsylvania with Kamala Harris to be the first woman to be elected Vice President. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 07: Supporters of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have a party in front of the Casa Biden campaign office in the West Tampa neighborhood on November 7, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Supporters around the country are taking to the streets to celebrate after news outlets have declared Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden winner over President Donald Trump in the U.S. Presidential race. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
SALEM, OR - NOVEMBER 07: A protester in a Guy Fawkes mask stands in front of the Oregon State Capitol building during a Stop the Steal rally on November 7, 2020 in Salem, Oregon. Angry supporters of President Trump took to the streets across the country following reporting that President-elect Joe Biden had won the election. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
Hundreds of Trump suppporters gather at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, following the announcement that Joe Biden had won the U.S. Presidential election. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 07: A woman reacts to the CNN announcement that Joe Biden has been named President-Elect during the Count Every Vote Rally In Washington D.C. at McPherson Square on November 07, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for MoveOn)
A Trump supporter looks on outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center after Joe Biden was declared winner of the 2020 presidential election on November 7, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)
Los Angeles residents Emma Silvers (L) and Hadley Rosenbaum bang pans as they run around the Silverlake reservoir to celebrate Joe Biden being declared the next US President. on November 7, 2020. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 7: Melissa Schutte celebrates Joe Biden becoming the 46th president of the United States on Black Lives Matter Plaza at 16th and H Streets, NW, after news outlets declared victory for Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on Saturday, November 7, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
WILKES-BARRE, UNITED STATES - 2020/11/07: Women dance in Public Square during the celebration. A "Count Every Vote" rally in Public Square in Wilkes-Barre turned into a celebration when word broke that Joe Biden won the presidency. (Photo by Aimee Dilger/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital medical staff hold a sign as Biden supporters celebrate outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center after Joe Biden was declared winner of the 2020 presidential election on November 7, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: People celebrate in the streets after it was announced that Democratic nominee Joe Biden would be the next U.S. President, in Times Square on November 7, 2020 in New York City. According to several news outlets presidential nominee Joe Biden has defeated incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump to become the 46th President of the United States. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
People celebrate outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center after Joe Biden was declared winner of the 2020 presidential election on November 7, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)
Biden supporters walk past US Army National Guard troops outside City Hall after Joe Biden is declared the next President on November 7, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)
Biden supporters celebrate outside City Hall after Joe Biden is declared the next President on November 7, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: People celebrate in the streets after it was announced that Democratic nominee Joe Biden would be the next U.S. President, in Times Square on November 7, 2020 in New York City. According to several news outlets presidential nominee Joe Biden has defeated incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump to become the 46th President of the United States. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
Madison Buffardi (L) and Madison Little celebrate outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center after Joe Biden was declared winner of the 2020 presidential election on November 7, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)
People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. - Joyous celebrations erupted in Washington on Saturday after Joe Biden was declared winner of the US presidency, as several people poured into the streets of the US capital -- some of them chanting, cheering and singing in front of the White House. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: People celebrate in the streets after it was announced that Democratic nominee Joe Biden would be the next U.S. President, in Times Square on November 7, 2020 in New York City. According to several news outlets presidential nominee Joe Biden has defeated incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump to become the 46th President of the United States. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - NOVEMBER 7, 2020: A man holds a sign in a street after the media announcement that Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 US presidential election. CNN, NBC and AP project Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden to win the US presidential election as he has surpassed the 270 electoral votes. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: People celebrate in the streets after it was announced that Democratic nominee Joe Biden would be the next U.S. President, in Times Square on November 7, 2020 in New York City. According to several news outlets presidential nominee Joe Biden has defeated incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump to become the 46th President of the United States. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. - Joyous celebrations erupted in Washington on Saturday after Joe Biden was declared winner of the US presidency, as several people poured into the streets of the US capital -- some of them chanting, cheering and singing in front of the White House. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: People celebrate in the streets after it was announced that Democratic nominee Joe Biden would be the next U.S. President, in Times Square on November 7, 2020 in New York City. According to several news outlets presidential nominee Joe Biden has defeated incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump to become the 46th President of the United States. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
People dance on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. - Joyous celebrations erupted in Washington on Saturday after Joe Biden was declared winner of the US presidency, as several people poured into the streets of the US capital -- some of them chanting, cheering and singing in front of the White House. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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Now that he has been unceremoniously dumped from the White House, the world will look on with great curiosity as to where he goes next – will he continue down the path of an animated politician or go back to business?

His impending exit from office could culminate in financial difficulty based on the reports of his fiscal affairs, and critics hoping to be shot of Mr Trump should remember he would be eligible to run for the presidency again in 2024.

But he may yet return to our TV screens as there have been suggestions he could launch a "Trump TV" channel to rival Fox.

In April, he tweeted: "The people who are watching @FoxNews, in record numbers (thank you President Trump), are angry. They want an alternative now. So do I!"

He has heavily criticised news channels for what he continually called "fake news" against him, and in the dying days of his presidency multiple major US broadcasters decided to cut him off mid-speech during a White House press conference on Thursday night.

Four years ago, many observers thought The Apprentice star had little chance of ever getting to the Oval Office.

Mr Trump proved them wrong.

But no-one could have foretold the 74-year-old's battle for re-election would take place amid the chaos of a coronavirus pandemic.

President Donald Trump does a little dance during a campaign rally in Ohio
Donald Trump does a little dance during a campaign rally in Ohio (Phil Long/AP)

Mr Trump himself tested positive for the disease that has killed more than 230,000 across the States, just a month ahead of election night.

Born into the wealthy family of New York property tycoon Fred Trump, he joined his father's business before taking control of the company – which he renamed as the Trump Organisation – in 1971.

His business empire expanded with the construction of Trump Tower on New York's Fifth Avenue, as well as hotels, casinos and the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants.

Despite amassing a huge fortune over the years, his companies have also filed for multiple bankruptcies.

After teasing the public many times over the prospect of a presidential bid, Mr Trump made it official in 2015 by announcing his candidacy.

As he did so, he tore into the presidency of Barack Obama, having fuelled the "birther" movement that questioned the African-American leader's birthplace in a baseless conspiracy theory that many described as racist.

His campaign against Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton was rocked by numerous sexual assault allegations, all of which he denied.

The campaign also saw a video surface which showed him bragging of using his fame to "do anything" to women, including "grab 'em by the pussy".

But he shattered expectations and predictions from pollsters by beating the former secretary of state in the electoral college – though not the popular vote.

Rows, resignations and sackings were staples of his term, as was the use of Twitter for diplomacy, including labelling North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un "Little Rocket Man".

I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man...

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2017

He used the platform to maintain his long-running feud with Beijing, repeatedly tweeting about what he called the "China virus" and to voice his concerns about the internationally recognised Paris Agreement to tackle climate change, which the US formally pulled out of the day after the election.

Mr Trump was also accused of cosiness with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Mueller inquiry into Russian interference during the 2016 election did not establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow but it did not clear the president of obstructing justice.

However, it was allegations that Mr Trump pressured Ukraine to dig up damaging information on Mr Biden that led to his impeachment.

He survived being removed from the White House when he was acquitted in a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Mr Trump's personal life has also made headlines over the years.

In 2018, it was revealed that his lawyer Michael Cohen paid porn actress Stormy Daniels almost £100,000 days before the 2016 election in an attempt to keep her silent over her alleged sexual relationship with the president 10 years before.

President Donald Trump speaks at the White House
President Donald Trump speaks at the White House (Evan Vucci/AP)

Mr Trump denied knowing about the payment for several years before he acknowledged it on Twitter in May 2018 and said he reimbursed Mr Cohen for the money paid to Ms Daniels.

In its 2019 billionaires ranking, Forbes estimated Mr Trump's net worth at 3.1 billion US dollars, and 715th in the world.

But his finances have remained a subject of intense scrutiny, culminating in bombshell reports from the New York Times after the newspaper found he paid just 750 US dollars in federal income tax both in 2016 and 2017.

It also revealed "chronic losses and years of tax avoidance".

Painting a dire financial situation approaching for Mr Trump, the reports added that hundreds of millions of dollars in loans will come due in the next four years.

The successful run against Mrs Clinton was filled with chants of "lock her up" and "build the wall".

The wall along the border with Mexico, a key pledge to halt the movement of immigrants who he derided as "rapists" and "criminals", remained largely unbuilt when Mr Trump fought for re-election.

He reprised his Make America Great Again slogan for the 2020 campaign but official records suggested very few miles of new wall had been erected.

Mr Trump continued his personal attacks against Mrs Clinton's successor, labelling him "Sleepy Joe" as he tried to portray the man three years his senior as senile.

He launched a flurry of unsubstantiated claims on Twitter hours before Mr Biden won the state of Pennsylvania, alleging that "bad things" happened, referring to votes being "illegally received" and insisting he has won "by a lot".

But Federal Election Commission boss Ellen Weintraub said there is no evidence of voter fraud.

Before the election, he controversially pushed through the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court after the death of liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The move raised concerns that abortion rights could be eroded, with Republican picks outnumbering Democrats by six justices to three.

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